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Hasbro, the famous American toy company, has developed what it is calling the world’s first handheld 3D Play-Doh printer for kids, DohVinci.

Unveiled this year at a invitation-only preview event during Toy Fair, the “printing pen” looks and works a lot like a hot glue gun. The child-friendly modeling clay comes in fine-tipped cartridges that are inserted into the handheld pen, allowing kids to write or draw their little hearts out. Designs take several hours to harden and last about a year before they dry-out and fall apart.

The toy seems like a great way to introduce the younger generation to 3D-printing technology, but it still has a ways to go. Some might even argue that calling it a 3D printer is a far stretch. It seems more suitable for textured 2D than 3D designs since you would have to wait for each layer to harden before you added the next one.

Here is an example of another 3D printing pen, the 3Doodler, that is more efficient, but not made for children.

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